About a year ago, my article “12 Liveaboard Tips to Beat the Winter Woes” came out in Pacific Yachting magazine, and now it’s up on their website here, just in time for winter again. Hope you enjoy it, especially while staying snug and warm ashore somewhere! 😉
The last few (belated) posts have been about work on Celeste over the 2016/17 winter. It was a bit of a tough winter for living aboard – the harbor froze over, it was unusually cold and snowy for the Pacific NW, and the short days were a bit depressing at times – but we made some great friends and, being amateur bird nerds, we really enjoyed all the wintering avian visitors – harlequin ducks, long-tailed ducks (“oldsquaws”) in their winter plumage, American widgeons, buffleheads, common goldeneyes, and hooded mergansers. Here are a few pictures we took on one glorious sunny day in January:
Sorry it’s been so long since our last blog post! It’s been a busy few months since we tied up to the dock in Port Angeles, Washington back in August, but we hope to post more soon – we have some pretty pictures of backpacking in the Alps to share as well as some boring shots of boat repairs…. In the meantime, here’s a little news of our recent published pieces for those of you who are interested. 🙂 Continue reading
Our last post ended in Southeast Alaska, where we’d encountered a whole range of sailing conditions, revisited places we’d enjoyed in 2014, and discovered new places including a river where both black and brown bears fished for salmon.
We’ve been doing a little renovation to Gone Floatabout and added some new pages. Finally the Arctic Voyage tab now has a full account of the voyage, from our first shakedown cruise in British Columbia in 2013 to our rounding of Point Barrow and return to the Aleutians this past summer. If you’re really ambitious and or really bored, all the posts are in order now on the 2014: Alaska page and the 2015: Arctic page 🙂
Much more exciting is that we finally did something about the Photography page! It’s now under the new Media tab and has three extensive galleries: Wildlife, Nature, and Adventure & People. We had a lot of fun putting that together, so hope you enjoy it!
Finally, sorry for the last post that got sent out – it was a snafu that happened when we were editing our home page.
Hope everyone enjoys floating about the revamped site 🙂
Ellen & Seth
In a change of pace from blogs about Alaska, we have some recent articles and a photo gallery to share! The April issue of Classic Boat magazine (just out!) has an article about cruising the Maine coast aboard a beautiful Herreshoff ketch we briefly owned called Nahma. Sailing in Maine will have any classic boat lover salivating: on almost every tack you’ll see yet another historic wooden beauty. To accompany the article Classic Boat has just uploaded a large photo gallery! Check it out here!
First, a huge thanks to all our sponsors and supporters for their continued enthusiasm for our adventures this summer! They were all super supportive of our decision not to rush things, and over-stress ourselves and the boat in the process, by heading for the Arctic after our delays and setbacks in June. It turned out that our voyage through Alaskan waters was every bit the type of challenging and rewarding adventure we love, and we would have greatly regretted it had we missed the whales, bears, glaciers, waterfalls, exciting (sometimes too exciting!) sailing, and general wilderness that make the 49th state so unique!
We particularly wanted to share with everyone Ellen’s blog for ZEAL Optics that recounts, as ZEAL says, how “Murphy’s Law came into play” but also how another incredible journey was right there to be found! The blog has some great pictures that we haven’t put on Gone Floatabout. Hope you enjoy! http://blog.zealoptics.com/post/95097121642/rolling-with-the-punches-and-the-waves
(We’ll be back with more about Prince William Sound next post!)